Statistics on dating relationships
Archived information is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived.Please "contact-us" to request a format other than those available.by Tina Hotton Mahony Prevalence of police-reported dating violence Victims of dating violence most likely to be female Differences in rates of dating violence between the sexes decline with age Increase in police-reported rates of dating violence Common assault most likely offence in dating violence Similar proportion of male and female victims of dating violence sustained injuries More than 4 in 10 incidents of dating violence occur in the victim's home Dating violence involving female victims more likely to lead to charges Homicides perpetrated in dating relationships Summary Methodology Detailed data tables References Notes According to results of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), approximately 71% of youth in Canada report being in a dating relationship by the age of 15.Among those that have engaged in a dating relationship, 55% had their first dating relationship by the age of 12.
This report examines the prevalence and characteristics of incidents of police-reported dating violence in Canada.
This study focuses on the population 15 years of age and older.
This sample was selected to draw comparisons between the characteristics of dating violence incidents with previous analyses of police-reported spousal violence in Canada.
Incidents of dating violence involving younger victims between the ages of 12 and 14 are examined separately (see Text Box 3).
For the purpose of this analysis, incidents involving boyfriends and girlfriends living with the suspect at the time of the offence were removed from the sample since these may be considered common-law relationships does not have specific offences pertaining to dating violence.
However, the Incident based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey and the Homicide Survey collect annual data on incidents of violence that were reported to police as well as detailed information about their victims and offenders.